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FrMennitiFather Daniel J. Menniti, priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg for over 61 years passed away on April 9,2015 after a short illness. Father Menniti was a familiar face at St Katharine Drexel the past several years as he celebrated Masses, weddings, baptisms and Sacrament of Reconciliation for the parishioners of St Katharine Drexel.

His love for the poor and encouragement to go out and truly “live” our Catholic faith were shared in homilies that included stories of his boyhood, family and his cat Rosie. As a true professor, homilies would often be delivered walking among the congregation and would always conclude by asking if there were any questions. People sitting at the end of the pews were greeted by hugs or handshakes as he walked down the aisle following the liturgy.

Visitation will take place at St Patrick’s Church , 85 Marsh Drive, Carlisle PA on Thursday, April 16, from 12 noon until 6:30pm with a Mass of Remembrance at 7:00PM.

On Friday, April 17, 2015, visitation will take place at 85 Marsh Drive from 9 -10:30 am with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am, with the Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer,D.D.,J.C.L.,Bishop of Harrisburg as Celebrant.

Thank you Father Menniti for your generous priestly service. May you rest in God’s peace.




Sunday, April 19th, 2015 – A Message from Father Ken

EasterBlessinggifDear Friends in Christ,

The Readings from the Word of God reflect on the three themes that we began last Sunday – “sight, belief, and witness”.

Jesus repeatedly appears to the disciples in those confusing days following the discovery of the empty tomb.

The Gospel tells us they felt “incredulous joy” as they grew in their Easter faith. They continued to open their minds and hearts to a deeper understanding of the Easter Scriptures.

We hear and see that the Easter mysteries reminds us that “Jesus has truly risen” and is truly and really present in His Church and in the world.

The readings speak about “witness” and about conversion and a change of heart and spirit.

“If we keep the Risen Lord and His Word that has been spoken to us in our hearts and minds, then the Love of God will rise up and be at home there”.

Let us pray for one another, especially for the sick and suffering and our second graders, our First Communion class and their parents and families.

Pope Francis has announced a “Jubilee Year of Mercy” to begin in December 2015. May we be people of mercy, kindness and forgiveness and reconciliation.

May is the Month of Mary and dedication to the Rosary. May our Marian prayer leads to closer to Christ, her Son. Pray the Rosary!

May 4 is our parish May Crowning at 7:00 PM. Come and join us as a family!

We will pray the Rosary as a parish family each weekday at 7:40AM prior to Mass and on Saturday eve and Sunday morning 20 minutes prior to Mass.

Pray for vocations!

Easter Peace and blessings!

“The Gift you have received, give as a gift” – Matthew 10:8

In His Love and mine,

Father Ken

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 Prayer of Pope Francis for the Synod on the Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God's plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer. Amen.

Saint Katharine Drexel
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